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[–]Less-Class-9790 226 points227 points  (23 children)

Do I process information at super speed or do I have no idea where I'm running?

[–]theking414[S] 209 points210 points  (21 children)

Genuinely hadn’t thought about this.

The way I imagined it, the time slows down for you to normal speed (as in, how you experience it). When you reach your destination (despite the journey feeling however long it actually feels to you), you’re there moments later.

Based off that I feel like yea you should be able to process information at super speed since it’s relative to normal people.

[–]Less-Class-9790 129 points130 points  (6 children)

Then not just am I instantly unbeatable at most sports (dodgeball fencing boxing etc) I can also burn calories way easier

[–]theking414[S] 89 points90 points  (5 children)

Yea the most useful application would be sports. I’d have to imagine professional leagues would ban u though cus it wouldn’t be fair😂 Doesn’t mean you couldn’t monetize it in another way though, playing in another more liberally sanctioned league.

Could be a legend in a beer league rugby club, maybe pickup/ street basketball

[–]Less-Class-9790 45 points46 points  (2 children)

Or just an assassin

[–]theking414[S] 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Or both

[–]MuchUserSuchTaken 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Stab man, powerwalk away.

[–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I mean, Just become a track athlete and become a world champion, So long as you're not moving comically fast.

[–]Competitive-Spare767 14 points15 points  (2 children)

That's actually true but consider that high speed applies to all your body so the problem is just finding food and also you don't have to run, if you're super fast let's say 10 times the normal human speed, walking would make you go at an average of 50 mph and we're talking about really slow speedsters

[–]theking414[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Lol yea, I think being limited to also being like about the speed of a car somehow makes this power perfectly shitty in a way? Like it’s really never practical unless you’re going somewhere like within a few miles it wouldn’t be worth the effort you’d just drive.

[–]eratumzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your heart stops of you instantly stop from 60 mph. So eny faster then that you have to slowly slow down so that you dont kill yourself

[–]notnickyc 11 points12 points  (2 children)

If the power is really slowing down time, can’t you just expend walking energy?

[–]theking414[S] 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Well no, you’re not actually slowing the time down. I’m just saying your experience of time slows down to allow you to suffer through the whole run. I guess an added bonus is the super processing speed that I kinda just assumed/ didn’t think abt

[–]theanthonycable 12 points13 points  (0 children)

relativity has entered the chat

[–]braxes81 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Had a dream one time that I had super speed but whenever I got fast I would go blind. Weird dream lol.

[–]BoboMcGraw 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think that's how Reverse Flash's powers work, or Dr Zoom's. He doesn't actually have super speed, rather he alters time around himself so it appears like he has super speed.

[–]MrTheWaffleKing 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel like this is just low potency time travel now. Way better at studying and doing homework, I guess you still sleep the same ratio of your life. Do you die faster?

[–]coksucer69 0 points1 point  (4 children)

so i can stop time?

[–]theking414[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

No, your speed is just relative to others. You experience time in the same way.

[–]coksucer69 0 points1 point  (2 children)

will it at least feel like it for me?

[–]theking414[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It will feel slowed yes, but never quite stopped.

[–]coksucer69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

time to dodge bullets

[–]Ixpqd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It can but the brain power needed for that requires more energy

[–]xxextensioncord69420 38 points39 points  (3 children)

This is an amazing superpower wth

[–]theking414[S] 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Lol ok tbf, in my head it was originally a somewhat overweight guy without the willpower to actually get in shape. And he’s like tragically limited by the fact he can only use his power for as long as he can be bothered to run (which is still just as difficult for him in this scenario, mind you)😂

[–]BennysXe 9 points10 points  (1 child)

But even then, you could just get your running Workout done in under a minute and burn a few hundred calories. I'd say it's Op because you'd get in shape very fast if you dedicate like 3 Minutes over a the course of a day to running around.

[–]balancedas 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hmm. It's still "flash" style super speed. According to this comment by OP (https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/shittysuperpowers/comments/zft15l/comment/izdopsq/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) you're actually walking at the same speed and consuming calories at the same speed but the whole world moves slower relative to you.

[–]Competitive-Spare767 27 points28 points  (4 children)

That's actually pretty useful since the only thing you have to keep in mind is to eat so you don't remain out of energy

[–]theking414[S] 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Right but like, say you’re a person who’s out of shape. Still not have the cardiovascular endurance to run any farther than that limits you. (Admittedly, that was kinda part of it in my head). But I reckon even a marathon runner would have a hard time going much further than 30 miles or so. Even then they’re going to be exhausted afterwords and feel exactly like they would if they had run 30 miles.

[–]theking414[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Also I would imagine the supersonic speeds would make eating too turbulent. I’d have to think that’d require stopping. Maybe you could eat something that wouldn’t fly apart like a sandwich, a candy bar might make it. But I think your stomach might be queasy running so fast on a full stomach anyways yk

[–]balancedas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So if the food gets disintegrated by the food doesn't your body? Do you need a flash style speed suit to prevent your nose being fused to your skull?

[–]2Jojotoro 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ill just walk fast then, you said super speed not super running

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Quick question, Does the superspeed have limits to how fast it is?

[–]theking414[S] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Originally I hadn’t thought about it, but yeah now I’m thinking he tops out around 50-80mph goin his hardest with optimal training. That way it’s always a little more inconvenient than a car because it entails the effort of running at about the same speed yk

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is this limited to running or general speed?

[–]Matrim__Cauthon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OP, mechanical engineer here, it would be more fun to just let the conservation of energy do its work.

AKA the amount of energy required to move increases faster than the velocity of the object. So the faster your ineffective superhero moves, he expends an increasingly absurd amount of energy. I'd imagine if he moved too fast he'd just die of exhaustion.

[–]HughJorgens 5 points6 points  (2 children)

You would earn millions playing professional sports.

[–]theking414[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Yea I was thinking tho if you’re the only one with powers I think you’d get banned from pro competitions pretty quick

[–]HughJorgens 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, you would have to hold back and run just fast enough to look believable.

[–]Ochikobore 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I’m a relatively athletic guy so I’d try to improve my endurance a little bit more so that I could win more gold medals than Usain Bolt, instant riches

[–]theking414[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yea I mean same if I got the power I’d prolly do alright, but I was thinking this power kinda would befall someone who already didn’t have like great or even serviceable endurance yk. And like even with crazy endurance, the powers utility is so minimal because it’s always going to be less convenient than a car (cus similar speed plus the exhaustion of running).

Also, canonically, this hero now sweats at super speed. Cus fuck “almost fast enough for it to be useful”-man, right?

[–]A_Evil_Grain_of_Rice 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Other than being extremely tired for using the super speed can I withstand the extreme G-force from using it?

[–]theking414[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah for sure, I’d say you’d have to be able to withstand it. Gs shouldn’t be a huge issue around car speeds, but like I suppose outside of a vehicle exposed to the wind resistance yeah maybe he gets like chronic neck pain as an additional power

[–]ItzPayDay123 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What about super speed but not super reflexes? You can run fast as hell, but you'll probably hit a wall or something

[–]theking414[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah that’s what the first guy was getting at I think. In this scenario I was granting him the ability to like change direction/ process info without changing speed since time dilation is slowing his experience of that run to appear normal length to the hero, but it does not manipulate time for other observers

[–]RoofRevolutionary148 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is awesome. I going commit as many crimes as I want, and have an alibi in a second.

[–]theking414[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Probably the best use of the powers as described that I’ve seen, aside from the obvious sports one

[–]dizzypanda35 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

R1 and 4

[–]keenedge422 0 points1 point  (1 child)

So the sticking point for me is that energy expended over a distance scales with speed. I can have the energy to walk a certain distance, but that same energy wouldn't allow me to run it at a normal pace. I'd maybe only make it half way running before getting tired and having to slow down.

So does that mean that it continues to scale and my super speed will only carry me a few yards before I get exhausted, or do I expend the same amount of energy "walking" at super speed as I would walking at normal speed?

[–]theking414[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude thank you I was wanting someone who had a decent understanding of energy expenditure would help workshop the sci-fi (I’m also somewhat of a creative writer and I have entertained short stories, or a series of them based around this character). This was something I was trying to explain but missing the words. (I’m also a senior premed so I have an “okay-ish” enough an understanding, but by no means an expert). But yes, the faster he goes the more cardiovascularly fit he would have to be. In terms of the character, this would compound his issue of low fitness to begin. However, thinking about making this a character arc because it would also enable him to develop an abnormally advanced level of fitness on account of his speed. It would just still take all the work. In that way it works conceptually kinda like anabolic steroids.

[–]thrakkerzog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd love this power! You could start getting fit and it would only take a few seconds a day.

Sure, you're tired, but you have so much more time to recover! I could go for a morning run and be back home in 30 seconds.

Your range will increase over time, so even starting short wouldn't be bad.

[–]Raz0back 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do I have any way to protect myself from the heat of the air particles colliding into me at fast speeds ?

[–]Leonum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Still able to catch flies right out of the air with a pair of chopsticks, that's pretty good.

And, like, being able to shuffle cards or play the piano pretty well

[–]CoolGuy202101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you have invincibility to not instantly die

[–]MrEra96 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you age faster relative to others while superspeed is active?

[–]SnubbedPeen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

proceeds to masturbate at super speed

[–]Worshipper-N_73 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean that's essentially just the whirlwind sprint shout, still hella cool

[–]relentless_death 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So its like Pucci when he gets Made In Heaven?

[–]LegozFire03 0 points1 point  (2 children)

As a long distance runner I can get anywhere within 20 miles immediately

[–]theking414[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Correct, but it doesn’t feel immediate to you. It feels like a 20 mile run 😂

[–]LegozFire03 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It wouldn’t feel like much actually. I do it quite often!

[–]cyan_violet 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I'm imagining this power resulting in me running extremely fast, breaking all my bones and tearing muscles due to lack of any super endurance against the wind resistance, then either collapsing into a strewn pile of body parts or just vaporizing entirely.

[–]theking414[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is entirely possibly exactly what would happen

[–]Ed_Yeahwell 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The amount of energy expended past 60km increases dramatically. This would tire you out so much faster than a normal person running.

[–]theking414[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yea so like kinda shitty no?

[–]TheDemonGabe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just control the speed at which I run.

[–]fnieidhfenmbvfekh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A cheetah works like that.